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Old 12-27-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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water cloudiness

I was informed that since i was using live sand i had to mix my saltwater up before adding the sand, so I did and my water has been extremely cloudy for over 24 hrs now. I just took my filter cartridges out and ran them over some water and washed them off since they're was white milky water all over them. Is this normal? How long will this take to settle and after it does should i change all my filters entirely?
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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It's normal for using any kind of sand that hasn't been rinsed. Since it's live sand, you don't want to rinse it prior to adding it to your tank. Give it a couple days for the cloudiness to subside.

Are you just starting out your tank? If it's in a cycling phase, i'd turn off your filter cartridge while the cloudiness subsided and just let one of your powerheads handle the aeration/flow for a couple days till the sand settles.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #3
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Yes it's a new tank. So I should turn off the filters?
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Some say yes, I personally wouldn't. The reason being is that as the filters run the BB will get into the system/filters as it cycles. Only disagreement towards this has been saying that "it saves money", and I just haven't noticed a change in my electric bill since starting my tank...and im pushing alot of power.

Also, when you add water ontop of your sand, if you lay a plastic bag from walmart or where ever down ontop of the sand and pour gently, you will not have stir up. It will get alittle cloudy...but nothing to major.
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It's up to you really. All the cloudiness will go away eventually regardless of what you do.
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Thanks for the advice guys I just hope it goes away soon it look nasty
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:58 PM   #7
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Should I keep rinsing the filters daily will that help?
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:15 PM   #8
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Also since the water has gotten a little clearer I've noticed salt on my two circulation pumps, can this damage them? How's the best way to clean them?
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It's kind of strange that you already have salt on your return pumps (not powerheads, correct?). Either way the best way to clean them is to soak them in a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.
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